Tasty Memorial Day BBQ Meals to Try this Spring

Memorial Day is all about spending time with friends and family. Over the years, picnics have become an important part of the annual tradition. Be the star of the feast this summer by preparing these fun Memorial Day BBQ meals with ingredients from our Hickory Farms Toast the Traditions gift box.

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Start with an appetizer

When enjoying time with friends and family, you don’t want to rush. Instead of cooking right away, put out a nice appetizer to nibble on while your guests chat.

For a snack that is simple to prepare and can be made ahead of time, try a sausage and cheese platter. Start by removing the casing from our Hickory Farms Beef Summer Sausage, and cut the sausage into thin pieces. Then, slice our Farmhouse Cheddar and Smoked Cheddar Blend into cubes. Place the cheese and sausage on a platter with slices of our Fuji Apples and Crown Comice Pears to give your guests plenty of possible flavor combinations.

Make an unexpected entree

While most picnics feature hot dogs and hamburgers, you can make yours a bit more elegant with a delicious salmon bake. For this simple recipe, start by making a crust for the fish by mixing a cup of our diced pistachios from the gift box with brown sugar, dill, black pepper, and lemon juice. Spoon the mixture onto your salmon, and bake until the fish flakes. For a nice final touch, serve your guests a glass of the La Crema Chardonnay. With its citrus notes, the wine is a perfect pairing for the salmon.

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End with a delicious dessert

The mixed nuts from the basket can quickly be transformed into a yummy nut bar. Start by making a crust out of flour, brown sugar, salt, and butter, and press the mixture into a pan. Then, melt down butterscotch chips and butter with a little corn syrup. Place the nuts on the crust, pour the butterscotch mixture over the top, and bake.

With the Toast the Traditions basket from Hickory Farms, you have everything you need for a great Memorial Day picnic, from start to finish.

Sweet Dried Fruit Desserts for a Memorial Day BBQ

Memorial Day is a great opportunity to gather your friends and family together for an afternoon of outdoor fun accompanied by plenty of food. Of course, every good feast needs a sweet ending. Make the perfect treat for your summertime celebration with these dried fruit desserts for picnics made with ingredients from our Hickory Farms Dried Fruit Collection.

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Spiced Fruit Salad

Combining dried fruit with warm spices gives you a dessert that is truly special. For this sophisticated treat, start by placing our dried apricots, pears, and peaches along with a handful of dried figs and apples in a saucepan. Then, spice up the fruit by adding cloves, honey, saffron, cinnamon sticks, vanilla, and lemon zest. Cover the mixture with water, and simmer for 15 minutes so that the fruit reconstitutes and gets nice and juicy.

After cooking, remove the cinnamon sticks and cloves before tossing with our almonds and a few pistachios. For a beautiful finishing touch, stir in a bit of orange water. This dish is fantastic served hot or cold and accompanied by Greek yogurt.

Fruit Compote

A delicious dried fruit compote is the perfect topping for your cake, ice cream, or anything else you can imagine. To make yours, start by soaking your favorite dried fruits in water for an hour. Then, combine water, fresh squeezed orange juice, lemon zest, and sugar in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil and throw in your fruit. Cook the fruit for about forty minutes or until it is nice and soft, almost forming a jelly-like consistency.

Pear Biscotti

Whether you dip it in your coffee or snack on it throughout the day, pear biscotti packs tons of flavor into a crunchy cookie. Start by creaming butter and sugar with vanilla, eggs, and our diced almonds. Then, mix in flour, baking soda, and pieces of our dried pear. Finish by dividing the dough and baking until golden brown.

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With the delicious fruits and nuts in our Dried Fruit Collection from Hickory Farms, you have the perfect flavor profile to make your summer picnic extra festive.

Savory Steak Marinades with Red Wine

You know that your steak tastes fantastic with a glass of bold red wine. But did you know that putting red wine in a marinade can add flavor and make your steak more tender? Transform the Murphy Goode Cabernet Sauvignon from our Hickory Farms Signature Gift Box with Red Wine into an amazing marinade for your steak with these tips.

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Marinade Basics

The first thing you should know when preparing red wine steak marinades is how to achieve a good balance. A great marinade packs your steak with flavor while also tenderizing the meat. The basic rule of thumb for the mixture is to use one cup of acid, 1/2 cup of fat, two tablespoons of herbs, and two tablespoons of salt.

Start by choosing your acid, which, in our case, is red wine. Add the wine to a storage bag, then mix in your fat, such as olive oil or grapeseed oil, a bit of spice, like chili powder or allspice, and your herbs, including garlic or cilantro. Mix the ingredients together, and place the meat in the bag for a few hours.

Putting it all together

Now that you know the basics, you can perfect any marinade. For a good place to start, opt for a simple steak marinade. First, combine wine and vegetable oil in your bag. Then, add in a little extra boost of acid with balsamic vinegar and lemon juice. For the herbs, mix in oregano, cumin, and garlic. Finish with a dash of sugar and some salt and pepper.

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If you like your steak a little zesty, spice your marinade up with a bit of mustard. Try combining your red wine with olive oil, a spoonful of our Sweet Hot Mustard, a couple sprigs of fresh rosemary, some coarsely chopped garlic, and salt and pepper.

With a red wine marinade, you can make your steak more tender, more delicious, and more memorable than ever before. Marinate our Pfaelzer Famous Filet Mignon at home to taste for yourself how well red wine and steak really go together.